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US losing its command on its world order due to a variety of reasons: Intelligence report

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: United States intelligence agencies, in a report released as agency leaders testified in Congress, have highlighted the challenges faced by the country in maintaining a stable world order. The report underscores the growing tensions stemming from great power competition, transnational challenges, and regional conflicts.

According to the 2024 Annual Threat Assessment, China, characterized as ambitious yet apprehensive, alongside a confrontational Russia and certain regional powers such as Iran, pose significant challenges to the established rules of the international system and to US dominance within it.

The report particularly focuses on the threats posed by China and Russia, the primary rivals to the United States. It also acknowledges the broader risks associated with conflicts such as Israel’s campaign against Hamas in Gaza.

The report also notes China’s provision of economic and security aid to Russia during its conflict with Ukraine and warns of China’s potential use of technology to influence US elections.

During her testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines emphasized the need for increased military assistance to Ukraine, highlighting the difficulty of Ukraine holding territory recaptured from Russia without additional support from Washington.

The report highlights the escalation in trade between China and Russia since the onset of the Ukraine conflict, as well as the significant increase in Chinese exports of goods with potential military applications since 2022.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson has not yet called for a vote on a bill that would provide $60 billion in additional aid to Ukraine, a measure already passed by the Democratic-run Senate.

Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns echoed Haines’ sentiments, emphasizing that continued support for Ukraine would send a message to China regarding its aggressive actions toward Taiwan and in the South China Sea.

The hearing also saw discussions on immigration across the United States border with Mexico, a focal point of former President Donald Trump’s campaign against Democratic President Joe Biden in the November election.

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